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Group of 11 Downtown Tomorrow, Help!

Ok, so I've gone with Le Select. Any "things to not order" tips I need to know?

Mar 04, 2008
cas_TX in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Group of 11 Downtown Tomorrow, Help!

On the right track for sure, I thought of Rodney's but worry for the non-oyster eaters in the group. Budget is a bit more than I thought, so maybe there is another alternative?

Mar 03, 2008
cas_TX in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Group of 11 Downtown Tomorrow, Help!

I checked the embassy and they are expecting a crowd for the Leaf's game. I went to the Bier Markt once, and had a less than stellar experience which had me vowing never to return. But, on the right track! The budget is 50/60 a head, so more room than I thought.

Mar 03, 2008
cas_TX in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Group of 11 Downtown Tomorrow, Help!

I tried to book Beer Bistro for a group of 11 tomorrow (March 4) night, but they were unable to accommodate. Can anyone recommend something similar (both vibe and price point) that may be able to accommodate a group of 11ish? Thanks!

Mar 03, 2008
cas_TX in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

8 Wine Bar - soft opening

Can't comment on the cheese....looked yummy but didn't actually partake.

They have 3, 5, and 8 oz pours as wells as bottle prices. There is a good range of wines (red, white and desert) as well as a full bar.

Went again this evening. Loved it. It will be a preferred hangout for me.

Jan 16, 2008
cas_TX in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Made in China?

I described it as the ipod shuffle of chinese food...for those times you know you want a generic chinese food experience, but don't really konw what...sort of like a step up from buffet combined with the fun of a lucky dip package.

Jan 12, 2008
cas_TX in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

8 Wine Bar - soft opening

I stopped by the new wine bar that has opened in the space that used to be Doku. (At The Cosmopolitan hotel on Colborne.)

It was ok. There were some service hiccups (which one might expect on the first night), but had a decent looking menu.

In interest of full disclusre we didn't eat there, just had a couple of glasses of wine (my favorite was the moscato di asti), the cheese plate (ok), and the "adult tator tots" which were advertised as tator tots with shreded ham hock and cheddar. They were good, but I'd say they were more potato croquettes.

I expect I'll stop by again and perhaps have dinner someday. Their menu looked interesting and included some tasting sized dishes as well as full entrees. Some of the sides listed on their seasonal menu were macaroni & cheese and frites ($6.00). Other offers included a seafood platter, australian rack of lamb, and black cod, shepards pie with duck confit and foie gras donut (prices ranged from $10 ~ $40).

They also had a seperate menu that offered 8 additional tasting dishes (including an interpretation of chili cheese fries and "bacon and eggs") for $8 and a selection of deserts for $10.

I found their twee and grandiose descriptions of the some of the wine hilarious. (Complete with misspellings)

It will be intersting to see how it goes as it gets into the swing of things.

Jan 09, 2008
cas_TX in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Made in China?

Yep. I ended up taking the green curry, tenderloin and rice home. They weren't huge portions, but all decent sized, so after the soup, appetizer and the mango salad I was pretty much finished.

They also offer "all day specials" for 5.99 (includes your choice of fountain drink). They have different dishes on special each day.

Jan 09, 2008
cas_TX in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Made in China?

I tried this place for dinner last night and had the tasting menu. For my 9.99 I got hot and sour soup, fried wing/fried dumpling/fried spring roll appetizer, and for mains: mango salad, chinese tenderloin and green curry with chicken.

Overall a satisfying meal in a nice bright space. Was it the best food ever? Maybe not, but enjoyable never the less and a fun concept.

Perfect for those days/nights when you aren't quite sure what you want...so are happy to be surprised.

Jan 09, 2008
cas_TX in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Roti in Houston?

I've been spending quite a bit of time in Toronto lately, and one thing I've really enjoyed is picking up a yummy roti for a quick and cheap dinner.

I've done some searching online for a location that serves Roti and doubles in houston and found this place:
Carib-Tex Roti Shop - more info »
522 Aldine Mail Road, Houston, TX
(832) 524-1431 - 1 review

Has anyone been?

Oct 08, 2007
cas_TX in Houston

Is Cobbs the best bakers in TO?

"Best Bread" is so subjective isn't it?

I will tell you this, I am a business traveller who finds herself very often in Toronto these days. As part of my normal routine, I go to Cobbs to buy all the vegemite scrolls they have available as well as a couple of plain white loaves. I take them home to my husband who misses vegemite scrolls (of course) but also misses plain, uncomplicated, white bread that isn't pasty/mushy/full of sugar like the loaves we find on grocery shelves and also on bakery shelves in Houston.

Now granted it may not be the "best bread" for all occassions, but when we want just plain old toasting bread...we prefer a loaf like cobbs white or wheat. Oh! The joy of a loaf of bread that actually hardens as it goes stale! We also quite like their date scones. It's a little taste of Australia, the recipes for scrolls, bread and scones are consistent with the original australian chain (bakers delight).

It fits a specific need for us, and for that alone, it is the bakery I regularly vist when I'm here in Toronto.

Sep 24, 2007
cas_TX in Ontario (inc. Toronto)